Wipe that silly grin off your face. This new motor isn’t going to power the Duke or RC series of KTM motorcycles. But you never know. However, the manufacturer has confirmed that their Enduro motorcycles for the year 2018 will be powered by a 2-Stroke, fuel injected motor which will offer significant benefits over carbeureted examples. Further, the new engine will no longer need pre-mixed fuel and will also boast of reduced fuel consumption. The first motorcycles to be powered by this new engine will include the 2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI.
Talking about the development, Mr Joachim Sauer, Product Marketing Manager, KTM, said, “We have been developing 2-stroke fuel injection for some time, and our goal was to create competitive motorcycles with all the benefits of fuel injection, while fitting into our READY TO RACE mantra. In Europe the bikes will arrive at the dealer floors in early summer. In the USA and Canada, the new 2018 KTM 250 XC-W TPI will be available in very limited quantities in late fall.”
KTM explained that the motor offers considerable benefits over carbureted models, including drastically reduced fuel consumption while also no-longer having the need to pre-mix fuel or alter the machines’ jetting. The company also sounded positive when stating that their new two-stroke TPI models offer a completely new experience in terms of power delivery and rideability. Although prices and specifications have not been revealed yet, but expect to see the fuel-injected KTM two-stroke motorcycles to go on sale in Europe in early Summer.